A man who allegedly stole merchandise from a Connecticut TJ Maxx tried to make a getaway from the waiting police by stealing a nearby idling car. However, the vehicle was equipped with an ignition interlock device that the suspected shoplifter didn’t know how to use.
Levar Fulgham and two accomplices allegedly left the Farmington, Conn., TJ Maxx store with $4,500 in designer handbags. Store security officers had spotted the alleged shoplifters and alerted police who were waiting outside.
When the 34-year-old Fulgham saw the cops, he made a run for it and found an idling car that he likely assumed was his getaway ticket. Unfortunately for the suspected shoplifter, the car’s owner had been nailed with a DUI and the vehicle was equipped with an ignition interlock device, requiring a driver blow into it before the car will engage.
Fulgham apparently did not know how the device worked.
"He starts to rev the engine like he was trying to engage it and he couldn't engage the shifter," Lt. Colin Ryan said, according to The Courant. "What are the odds of that? Otherwise, he would have been long gone."
Fulgham abandoned the car and tried to run off, but Farmington officers chased him down. An officer had to use a Taser to gain control of him, police said.
Police also caught Jasmin Mancini, but a third man escaped.
Fulgham was charged with attempted third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, refusal to be fingerprinted and interfering with police.
During his arraignment in Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., his bail was kept at $100,000 and his case continued to Sept. 10.
Mancini was charged with fourth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy. She was released after posting bail. Police are seeking the third person.